Voice Workshops

Come and join me in a voyage of discovery: a discovery of your body, your breathing, and your voice. The courses are designed for singers, instrumentalists, actors, Alexander teachers and 3rd year students on an Alexander training course.

Using the Psycho-Physical Support System, it is extremely easy to develope a way of breathing based entirely on how the body works–how it wants to work. When the muscles of the back, chest and abdomen are no longer being used to hold us up they are free to react to the stimulus of breathing out. They react in the same co-ordinated way that they do when we laugh, sneeze, cough or cry. We don’t have to think about them. They just react.

Photo © Robert van Sluis  

www.robertvansluis.com

Breathing out is the secret of being able to breathe in easily. And to breathe out easily and completely, we need to be able to rely on the bones of our skeleton to support us. Attention is paid to the various muscles involved in breathing out and then learning how to release them very quickly. When they do release the tension (and this is good tension) which builds up during the out-breath, the in-breath comes in automatically.

 

Once this system is activated it is then very easy to work to co-ordinate the organ of breathing with the vocal organ and then go on to singing a chosen song, or speaking a chosen text. Memorization of material you wish to work on is strongly advised.

 

I work in small groups (no larger than 8) with at least one of the graduates (or one of the senior students) from our Alexander Teacher Training Course assisting so that everyone gets the benefit of what we call “hands on” – guidance throughout the various processes by gentle, educated and directed hands.

 

In my workshops there is always time given for individual work while the other participants observe. The atmosphere is light and easy, and amateur as well as professional singers find that in one weekend they can make significant changes in their understanding–and execution of singing.

All workshops unless otherwise stated take place at

Wedesteinbroek 1402

6546 RN Nijmgegen

The Netherlands

Workshop dates and times 2016

Friday May 10 and Saturday May 11

Friday May 17 and Saturday May 18

Friday June 10 and Saturday June 11

 

Times: Friday 19:00 - 21:00 and Saturday 10:00 to 16:00 with a one hour lunch break 

 

Physical Co-ordination for Dynamic Breathing based on my book “Born to Sing” (pub. June 2015). Friday evening introduction of “Outer Support”.  Saturday morning deepening the “outer support” work; Saturday afternoon indiviual voice work. Please bring something you like to sing or recite and have it from memory. Copies of the book will be available for purchase at discount rate to workshop participants.

 

 

 

Cost €175,00 per weekend

 

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Workshop for Alexander Teachers in London, England 

 

Friday June 17: 19:00 - 21:00

Saturday June 18: 09:00 - 12:00; 13:00 - 16:00

 

Nadia and Ron will be giving a workshop “Physical Co-ordination for Dynamic Breathing” based on Ron’s book “Born to Sing” (pub. June 2015).

 

Friday evening: introduction of “Outer Support.”

 

Saturday morning practice of “Outer Support” in sitting, standing, walking, breathing. Introduction to Dynamic Breathing using “Outer Support” and “Primary Control.”

 

Saturday afternoon work on teaching the whispered “ah” and breathing.

 

    Place:

    Constructive Teaching Center

    Imperial Wharf, 13 The Blvd, London SW6 2UB

 

    Cost:

    £110.00

 

    Minimum number: 15. Maximum number 20

 

 Registration: please send an email to constructiveteachingcenter.gmail.com

Workshop in London, England at

Trinity Laban Conservatory of Music and Dance,

Greenwich, London

July 30/31 2016

Alexander Conference

I shall be working with singers both in workshop setting and privately,  talking about my book “Born to Sing” and also working with Alexander Teachers in private lessons.

 

Further information from alun.thomas@hotmail.co.uk

Brussels January 14/15, 2017

Workshop for Alexander Teachers

For information, please contact

claire.destree@yucom.be